Histoire Naturelle des Quadrupedes Ovipares et des Serpens. 2 vols.
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Paris: Htel de Thou 1788-1789. Two thick small quarto volumes bound in original full tree calf (a little rubbed lower edges slightly blemished). Spines gilt with raised bands and contrasting title-labels. Marbled endpapers. Complete with 63 full-page engraved plates 2 large folding tables decorated chapter headings and illustrated tail-pieces. Fine clean copies. Rare. Impressed by Lacpde's (1756-1825) early scientific publications Essai sur l'lectrict naturelle et artificelle (1781) and Physique gnrale et particulire (1782-1784) in 1785 Buffon (1707-1788) invited Lacpde to continue his encyclopaedic Histoire naturelle and to this end appointed him keeper and sub-demonstrator at the Cabinet du Roi in Paris. Lacpde contributed the final eight volumes (of which the first two are here offered) on oviparous quadrupeds (1788) snakes (1789) fishes (1798-1803 5 vols.) and cetaceans (1804) to his mentor's monumental work complete in 44 quarto volumes. After the Reign of Terror Lacpde accepted a professorship at the newly constituted Musum national d'Histoire naturelle. Lacepede Bay in South Australia was named after the celebrated French naturalist during Baudin's expedition to map the coast of Australia in 1800-1803. A rare and important early natural history treatise.
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